Speculation had been mounting for weeks about who would hit the red carpet and what they would be wearing, and the guest list didn't disappoint. A who's who of the fashion world made its way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from designers and models to Hollywood stars.
In keeping with the theme of this year's event, 'American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity', Gap was the ball's sponsor and had teamed up with a clutch of emerging designers to create exclusive dresses for the night. Jessica Alba wore a stunning nude dress by name-of-the-moment Sophie Theallet for Gap, Kirsten Dunst chose Rodarte for Gap and the much discussed M.I.A joined Zoe Kravitz in wearing Alexander Wang for Gap.
Topping the best dressed list? Chloe Sevigny, who arrived arm in arm with Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez wearing an eye-popping Proenza Schouler dress. Kate Bosworth who, as ever, looked stunning in a draped Valentino gown. Naomi Watts who chose a beautiful Stella McCartney dress and Rachel Weiss, wearing a ruffled pink dress by Oscar de la Renta.
And while the theme may have been American, the Brits were out in force. Christopher Bailey and his Burberry team dressed a stunning Emma Watson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Sienna Miller opted for a Pucci dress and had everyone talking by hitting the red carpet with Jude Law. Carey Mulligan chose an understated Miu Miu dress. Alexa Chung, now a New York stalwart, ditched the dress and sported a cool take on the tux by Phillip Lim. And Stella McCartney formed a girl gang with Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson who both wore her dresses.More